Vietnam’s president meets Barack Obama

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Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang

A rare visit of Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang with US president Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on July 25 was overshadowed by protests of by labour union  leaders and human rights advocates who say that Vietnam must do more to protect workers and political dissidents.

Sang held talks with Obama on bilateral trade between the two nations, which among a number of others working toward an agreement by year-end on the Trans Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement to link an area with about $26 trillion in annual economic output.

Talks also touched upon human rights, climate change and working with other countries to put pressure on China, protect maritime security and ease the South China Sea dispute.

Human rights groups, however, on July 24 called for a suspension of the talks “until Vietnam can show sufficient improvement in worker protections, the environment and individual rights.” They demanded Vietnam to halt hacker attacks on bloggers, end blocking social media access and release religious and political dissidents.

Apart from that, US labour unions expressed their concern over the garment and textile industries in Vietnam, arguing that Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect US manufacturing.

Sang is only the second Vietnamese president invited to the White House since the normalisation of ties between the former war foes, which have increasingly found common cause amid unease over China’s rise.

Vietnam and the US had been at war from 1955 to 1975 with estimated casualties of up to 2 million people.

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Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang

A rare visit of Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang with US president Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on July 25 was overshadowed by protests of by labour union  leaders and human rights advocates who say that Vietnam must do more to protect workers and political dissidents.

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President of Myanmar visits Vietnam
Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang

A rare visit of Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang with US president Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on July 25 was overshadowed by protests of by labour union  leaders and human rights advocates who say that Vietnam must do more to protect workers and political dissidents.

Sang held talks with Obama on bilateral trade between the two nations, which among a number of others working toward an agreement by year-end on the Trans Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement to link an area with about $26 trillion in annual economic output.

Talks also touched upon human rights, climate change and working with other countries to put pressure on China, protect maritime security and ease the South China Sea dispute.

Human rights groups, however, on July 24 called for a suspension of the talks “until Vietnam can show sufficient improvement in worker protections, the environment and individual rights.” They demanded Vietnam to halt hacker attacks on bloggers, end blocking social media access and release religious and political dissidents.

Apart from that, US labour unions expressed their concern over the garment and textile industries in Vietnam, arguing that Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect US manufacturing.

Sang is only the second Vietnamese president invited to the White House since the normalisation of ties between the former war foes, which have increasingly found common cause amid unease over China’s rise.

Vietnam and the US had been at war from 1955 to 1975 with estimated casualties of up to 2 million people.

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